Wow, I had no idea so many people were facing the same symptoms when I started this. I really don't know what to do anymore, either. Like Emily had said, I also had the BMs for a while that were pretty thin and narrow. Sometimes it happens again occasionally. Someone before more asked me about the GERD, and yes, it did seem to come along around the same times as all these symptoms. I was prescribed Nexium and it seems to work so long as I take it.
I really don't know what to do anymore. This all started in July 2011 and I am going on two years of this. It ALSO started when I turned 25. I really don't know what to do anymore. Like others before me, yes, I tried Xifaxin and had no relief either. It actually made things worse.
I found hope in a doctor here in NYC named Dr. Kevin Cahill. He is a tropical disease expert who has written numerous textbooks on parasites. He has worked with all major hospitals in the country, and has even worked with the Pope and Mother Theresa if you look him up. Anyway, even though I had been tested for parasites, someone who recommended him to me told me that they way he diagnoses you is unlike anyone else. He does a swab of your colon (as stool samples are not adequate), I think it was called a Sigmoidiscopy. He used to be the head of the Tropical Disease unit in an NYC hospital decades ago but swears that today modern medicine doesn't test the right way, so most doctors just slap the IBS label on people. He took a sample from me using this method and two days later he diagnosed me with an AMEOBA, which is a very small parasite. I was diagnosed with Entomeba histolytica. I cried because I was so happy to FINALLY have a diagnosis after all these gastros were calling me crazy.
He prescribed a round of antibiotics, both I had never heard of. If my memory is right, they were called Doxycycline and Parmomycin. Unfortunately, he said most cases take up to a year to heal since this bug ravages your insides.
It's been about a month and a half since treatment, and to be honest I still have my symptoms after a BM and they are still hard to deal with. The one thing that I noticed was that most of the rumbling is gone. Prior to seeing Dr. Cahill, my stomach would often go crazy and make terrible rumbling noises throughout the day. That has subsided and I hope it is a good sign. But like I said, it's a long road to recovery and it may still be months until my other symptoms subside, he said.
As an aside, the thing that made me hopeful is that during my treatment, my girlfriend had started feeling symptoms similar to mine for the first time in our two-year relationship. I took her to Dr. Cahill and he found that she also had E. Hystalytica and treated her with the same antibiotics. Within 2-3 weeks, she was totally cured. Now, I figure that might be because she had the bug for at most a month, where as I had it for almost 2 years, so maybe that's why she healed and I still haven't. (He said that it is easily shared between married couples if they share towels after a shower for example..)
I don't know..
What I do think is that you should check him out if you can. He is really a wealth of information, and he has to be at least 70 years old. It's scary to think that once this man retires, so may his way of diagnosing and treating people. No one does what he does. Seriously, google him and read his bios. They're incredible. He IS pricey though. I suspect at this point in his long career, he has no need to deal with insurance companies. The whole ordeal cost me about $400, but luckily if you do have insurance you can usually get some money reimbursed.
Google it. Let me know what you think and if any of you do decide to visit him.